Activities of the Yoruba World Centre (YWC) were described as second to none in the various past and present efforts to sustain and preserve the tradition, culture, language and values which Yoruba as a nation holds very dear.
Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, Alli Okunmade ll made this remark while responding to the submission made by the founder of the Centre and Publisher of Alaroye newspaper publication, Mr. Adedayo Alao during the visit of the top echelon of the Centre to the monarch in his Alarere residence.
Alao led Mr. Tunde Kelani of Mainframe Productions, Baale Oluyole, Chief Yemi Ogunyemi and Prof. Olusoji Adejumo among others on the visit to Olubadan to intimate him on the activities being lined up to mark his first 100 days on the throne next month.
An elated Oba Balogun expressed delight at the various steps being taken by the Centre to ensure that Yoruba culture, tradition and language do not go into extinction with a pledge to do everything within his power to assist in actualizing the lofty aims and objectives of the Centre.
According to him, “what sustains the throne I’m sitting on like any other throne across the globe is the tradition and culture of the people that put me here and it is a sacred duty for me to ensure that it is respected and preserved for the sake of unborn generations. This, by implication makes what you and your centre is doing very crucial, significant and important. This generation and the ones coming behind will not forget you”.
Earlier, the YWC founder had told Kabiyesi, who had in attendance with him his Special Adviser on Chieftaincy Matters, Baale Isiaka Akinpelu that the Centre would be organizing ‘The Dancing Steps of The New Olubadan: An Afternoon of Yoruba (Ibadan) Traditional Poems and Drums’ come next month to celebrate Kabiyesi’s first 100 days on the throne.
He said the YWC, which has its headquarters at the University of Ibadan was commissioned last November by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and the primary aim of the Centre “is to warehouse all those things that have to do with Yoruba Culture and Tradition either those of Yoruba at home or those of diaspora like Brazil, Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago among others.
“This is to assist researchers to have full grasp of whatever they want about Yoruba as related to language, culture and tradition. There’s no tribe without history, we are fastly losing ours and the Centre is poised to halt the ugly trend through the revival of our music, drum, poems among others. One of such efforts to reawaken all these things is the occasional programme of honouring identified Yoruba icons as we are proposing for Your Imperial Majesty”, the YWC founder added.